Beauty 101: What’s Your Skin Tone?

August 18, 2020
By: | by L'Oréal

When it comes to building a collection of beauty products that fit you, it’s essential to consider your skin tone. Have you ever picked up a foundation that ended up looking too pink for your complexion? Or maybe you’ve tried a concealer that turned out to be too yellow? It’s likely because the product didn’t match your skin’s tone or undertones. Follow our guide below to determine your undertone and to discover our top product picks for your skin tone.

How to Determine Your Undertone  

There are three different undertones you can have: cool, warm and neutral. Understanding yours can help you find the right foundation and concealer shade matches and determine what shades of blush, lipstick and eyeshadow will best complement your complexion. 

Need help figuring out where you fall on the scale? One method is to look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If your veins are more of a blue-purple color, you are in the cool-toned category. If your veins appear green, you are warm-toned. And if your veins fall somewhere in between blue and green, you probably have a neutral-colored complexion.

You can also examine your jewelry to determine your skin’s undertones. Personal preference aside, does silver or gold jewelry suit you better? If you’re team silver, you are cool-toned; if gold is for you, you are warm-toned; if both look equally great, then you are neutral-toned.

For more tricks, check out this detailed guide to figuring out your undertones

How to Determine Your Skin Tone

If You Have a Fair or Light Skin Tone

Fair skin tones often have cool or neutral undertones. You are also likely prone to redness and skin conditions such as rosacea. Pro tip: Keep your beauty cabinet stocked with gentle moisturizers and sunscreens with a high SPF.

Product Picks: YSL Beauty Touche Éclat All-Over Brightening Pen, Maybelline New York Cheek Heat and Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Camouflage Creator in Green

If You Have a Medium Skin Tone

Typically, those with medium complexions have neutral undertones. This makes finding complexion products easy. Just stay away from anything too warm or too cool. The exception to this rule is an olive-tinged medium tone. If you have olive skin, your skin likely has warm undertones and tans easily. Those with this tone also often have oily skin and enlarged pores.

Product Picks: NYX Professional Makeup California Beamin’ Face & Body Liquid Highlighter in Pearl, Uoma Beauty Stay Woke Concealer and Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette.

If You Have a Dark Skin Tone

Dark-skinned complexions range from copper and espresso tones to dark brown or ebony. In addition to general tone, your dark skin can be cool, warm or neutral. Hyperpigmentation is a common skin concern, so look for brightening ingredients and don’t forget the SPF

Product Picks: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Hydrating Foundation + Skincare, The Lip Bar Fresh Glow Bronzer Plus Blush Duo and L'Oréal Paris Cosmetics Colour Riche Ultra Matte Highly Pigmented Nude Lipstick.
Photography and Makeup: Jonet Williamson

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